As some of you may know, I've been a part of a fantastic three-day summer camp called KidsGames. I'm working on an entire post dedicated to KidsGames to let you know what happened there and what it's all about. ( It's on its way – I'm just running out of words! ) So for now, to make it up to you, here are the songs we all crazily DANCED to that made KidsGames a much more lively event and an enjoyable one – not just for the kids, but for the adults as well!
About four months ago, we shifted to another house. It is not much different from our previous house and it is still in Sharjah. When we moved to this house, I wasn’t so sure about what was going to happen. We had issues in our previous house that sadly, all the tenants had to move – including us. To make the long story short, we were in a panic mode – where to find a house, how to pack all things in just a week and of course, how to get the financial help that we needed. Money after money. If I could just put to words everything that I felt during those days, I really wouldn’t be able to write anything at all. I had mixed emotions and all the more I thought about how quickly we had to do all things, I was all the more falling to depression. I mean, I had other things to do and this. How on earth am I even supposed to think about all things together and find a solution to all of it? I know that I was not alone for my family was also worried about what was happening, but I can’t erase the fact that I wish I could’ve done something to make things lighter and easier not just for myself – but for my family. It’s just that a lot of times, I hoped that I could be of better use.
Okay, enough drama.
Our situation was horribly difficult at that time. Because our water was cut down, my sisters and I lived in the guest room of a church friend which we were more than thankful for. (Imagine life without water!) While we had a decent place to stay, my parents had to go out and about looking for a place and saving water. We had slept for 10 days apart from each other. Although sleeping-over can be good, sometimes separation anxiety can just kick in. I’ve been given the responsibility to take care of my sisters and be very watchful in the place we were staying in, because our friends weren’t there as they were in vacation. Those times, I felt like I had to stay awake every time. I have this tendency to just look at the windows, “is the coast clear?” I was happy that I get to sleep well, but I’m sad too given the fact that I miss my bed and everything – I missed home. All those were very challenging to me. Never have I been in a situation where I had to do things alone and yet try to feel good. I think I’ve gotten used to being with people to guide me and help me out, but that time, it was different. Yet, in a finger’s snap, things changed.
After the storm there was a sense of calmness.
Prayers – Never ever think that prayer is our last resort when things go out of plan for prayer is the best thing we can ever do when in the midst of doubt, anxiety and depression. I’m just thankful that God never let us go. I was beginning to doubt everything and everyone to the point that I asked whether God still heard my prayers. To be honest, I felt like letting go – of hope, of faith and of every good thing that I was supposed to think about. And I made a mistake. I made a very huge mistake of losing my trust in God. Within the week, He provided people to help us financially, He gave us a pretty good place to stay – probably much better than where we came from. It was as if I was floating. Tears were flowing.
If there’s one lesson I learned, it would be to wait. How long it would take is completely none of our business. It’s God’s. So if you ever get stuck on the negativity around you, don’t strive looking for the positive because it will be so hard to find some. Instead, find peace in Jesus. Look up to the One who watches over us all, to the One who’s sure about what He’s doing. Never look down, you’ll get depressed even before you know it. Look up and place everything in His hands.
THE LORD IS NOT SLOW CONCERNING HIS PROMISE, AS SOME COUNT SLOWNESS; BUT IS PATIENT TOWARD YOU, NOT WISHING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE. - 2 PETER 3:9
BUT WHEN YOU ASK, YOU MUST BELIEVE AND NOT DOUBT, BECAUSE THE ONE WHO DOUBTS IS LIKE A WAVE OF THE SEA, BLOWN AND TOSSED BY THE WIND. - JAMES 1: 6
Update: We may have had a little bit of misunderstanding with our neighbors, or shall I say – housemates at first, but things are brightening up now. We have always asked God to give us a “harmonious relationship” with everyone we encounter. We're also thankful that we came across the movie Prayer Room – which has inspired us as a family to pray over for our house
When we thought God wasn’t doing anything, oh well, He has always been working behind-the-scenes. And for that, I – we are more than grateful.
Keep the Faith!
Hi everyone! Are you all off to sleep? For some of you, I guess you might even be already asleep as I'm writing this. If you know me well, then you'd be right if you say that I don't sleep early and yes, looking at the time right now, it sure is not early. Speaking about sleep, I thought I'd share a little something about my sleeping habits and see if you can relate to it too. So before I kiss the midnight skies goodnight, here are my 5 weird, surprising, unusual ( you name it ) sleeping habits.
1. I am a certified night owl. So usually, I'd wait for everyone inside the room to stop talking, stop snoring (if they already are), stop using their phones, and stop moving. Why? I don't have an exact answer or explanation to this, but I just feel like I have to wait for everyone else to sleep before I do. I feel a lot more secure that way.
2. I can't sleep if I get too tired. I don't know if you've experienced this, but I really do sometimes. If I'm tired, I can go to sleep, but if I get too tired like when my body's really sore for all the day's activities, and when I can't stop thinking about what happened the whole day, that it still gets me all hyped up.
3. I can't sleep with few pillows. This is probably the best thing I could describe myself when it comes to sleep. Usually, I would have a pillow for my head, for my legs, for my feet to either elevate or hide my feet with, a flat pillow at my back to avoid getting backaches, and a small pillow or stuffed- toy for a hug. It doesn't end there though, I also have to have my bed filled with a few more stuffed-toys to get really comfortable while sleeping — even when my mom doesn't really like the idea.
4. I'm okay if I don't get enough hours of sleep. Some of the people I know, like my sister for example, who gets really grumpy when she'd lack sleep. For me, there have been a couple of times when I went on another day without sleeping the night before. Also, there were nights when I would finally get to sleep at five AM and wake up at six. "Got enough sleep?" Some research shows that people who lack sleep for at least eighteen hours are equivalent to those who drank four cans of beer. So I guess drinking beer isn't that bad or indifferent at all huh?... or maybe not. You figure it out.
5. I'm very sensitive to sound during sleeping hours. I'm that type of person who can immediately wake up when hearing just a little bit of noise. I really dislike it when I wake up in the middle of my sleep because I would most likely not be able to go back to sleep again. I would rather not sleep than having to deal with all the noise around me.
There it is. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. Before shutting your eyes, get to think of it, do you have sleeping habits as well?
P.S. I'm not an insomniac or something. It's just too weird when others can sleep really fast, while for me, I have to undergo different rituals just to go to sleep. Haha!
I am so thankful I've got the time to write this stuff up. Honestly, I've seen this post on Twitter via the bloggers I follow.
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Summer in Dubai is definitely the time to do something 'summer' related. As some of you may know, I and my sisters have volunteered in a kids summer camp hosted by WellSpring. WellSpring is a company based in Egypt that pursues teaching children of this generation some of the values that are quite necessary in life like integrity, excellence, teamwork and a lot more. Having been part of different kids events in the UAE like Awana and Kidsgames, the thought of volunteering really excited me plus the fact that I was looking forward for a good time there too. Although it's not based or related to anything about Christianity, it nonetheless freshened me up as I really wanted to get some valued time to spend with kids. The event took place in Ras Al Khaimah Academy where most of the students there — went to school.
We had joined the team during the second week and stayed there for the whole five days, and I'm quite amazed that we have survived five day without the parentals — completely on our own.
Thanks for making it to this portion of the internet. I am truly grateful to each one of you for reading my entries! Most of what I've written here are unspoken words — words I wish I could've said or shared with anyone in person but has remained in my heart until I was able to write it in here.
My life's full of downs than ups, but through it all, I have seen and tasted the sweetness of God's grace and love. With that, I can tell you with a convinced heart that God is faithful, He is good and He never runs out of love for you and for me. Hope you enjoy your read(s)!
Rest if you must, but don't you quit!
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